Evangel – Spring 2015
The student diversity within the PACE program is amazing. As PACE numbers grow, the diversity multiplies, and God’s blessings increase. Each PACE cohort provides a taste of eternity—“where every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”
Let me provide you with a picture of the abundance that showed up in my PACE classroom this January.
During introductions, four women and seven men share their stories. A young adult has recently recommitted his life to Jesus; a retired senior plans on going home to Zimbabwe to mentor men. Nigeria, China, India, the Philippines are represented; a Métis woman is also present. Work history is diverse: Information Technology, auto repair, janitorial services, accounting, library technology, business administration, sales, business start-up. Volunteer involvements are many: youth groups, children’s ministry, music ministry; preaching, teaching, mentoring, counseling; greeting at the airport—the list goes on with students having multiple volunteer responsibilities on top of working full-time, being dedicated to their families, and now studying.
In Week Five the students share their sense of God’s call. One woman anticipates serving internationally once she and her husband are empty nesters; another hopes to work with women at risk; a third is studying in order to assist her husband as he begins a “second career” in full-time ministry. A man anticipates coaching and mentoring corporate leaders in downtown Calgary; another plans to write music while also serving as a worship pastor. Several acknowledge that they’ve discovered they are doing what God has called them to but they want to be better equipped.
I am encouraged by the world-changers that have been my students—and that have also been my teachers in expanding my understanding of Christ’s presence in the world.
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